Another travel day! Except for a thick frost, this morning's flight conditions were ideal (sunny, hazy, cool). But...after the frost was dealt with, Brooke's trike had mechanical trouble. It was soon repaired, but just as Mark and Charlie were about the let the cranes out of the enclosure for take off, Richard's engine sputtered and died. The grounded pilots made the same adjustment that had just been done on Brooke's engine. Finally at 8:42 a.m., fifteen flapping young cranes lifted off with Richard's remedied ultralight leading the way. Heather Ray said, "It was one of the best orchestrated take-offs yet. . .This flock definitely has it together!"
the north wind, the crew had hoped to skip a stop this morning. But the
delayed departure meant the air aloft had warmed up, so they flew 1 hour
and 42 minutes to the scheduled stop in Ogle County, Illinois. Fourteen
cranes flew the distance, but a very tired #317 dropped out approximately
8 miles from the destination. ICF's Sara Zimorski retrieved and crated
him, and he was transported to the stopover site. Today's flight knocked
another 47.1 miles off their journey south.
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